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Eleven years in the making, Joyce Farmer's graphic-novel memoir of her elderly parents exhibits meticulous realism and pathos; it earns a place on the shelf next to such unforgettable examples of the form as Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and David B.'s Epileptic.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…